Chair Bio

Mike Ader

East Midlands, Vistage Chair since 2015

Mike is an experienced executive coach, business leader, strategist and operator with 24 years board level experience in corporates, SMEs and consultancy ranging across food & drink, agriculture, retail, wholesale and packaging. Mike’s formative years were in sales & marketing before broadening out into general management, consultancy, coaching, mentoring & non-exec positions. He is now Chairman of a successful family business and also runs his own coaching practice alongside his core Vistage Chair role.

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Mike has had a varied, successful and enjoyable career with many highs and some lows over which time he has honed a range of skills and gathered a boatload of experience which enables him to be in a great position to finally really help others. Mike is now focused on assisting ambitious and open-minded CEOs, MDs and business owners who want to improve their businesses. Mike will enable them to inspire change and encourage greater clarity and robustness across all aspects of their business and assist them to become stronger leaders, turn issues into opportunities, accelerate development and grow their businesses and most importantly, help create more fulfilling lives for themselves and their employees.  

Mike’s passion to help others develop and grow is matched only by his love of running and more recently (sprint) triathlons, good food & wine and spending time with family and friends! Mikes ethos is to have a healthy body, a healthy mind and enjoy life!

To fully grow and develop we need to step right outside our comfort zone. Often a daunting prospect but far less so if you have the total support, commitment and challenge from a group of like-minded leaders such as those you will find in Mike’s group.

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground”
(Theodore Roosevelt)

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Types of Group run by this Chair

Successful leaders combine good business sense with inspiration, guidance and unwavering authority. Connect with up to 16 peers from a diverse range of non-competitive businesses and backgrounds in this one-of-a-kind peer advisory and executive leadership development program.

The Vistage Chief Executive Program creates a unique environment that provides each member with individual insight, coaching, strategies and leadership skills to help you make better decisions and achieve better results for your company. Harness the power of a group of fellow executives all driven to do the best for themselves and their peers.

We tailor each Vistage private advisory group to ensure that each member get the maximum benefit possible.

We have specific groups for CEOs/MDs running larger SME business (typically £3-£50m); executives running smaller businesses (typically £1-3m); key executives who report to a CEO/MD; and for organisations that wish to bring Vistage inside their organisation for all their senior management team. Find out more about the different Vistage group offerings

Taking elements from both the Key Executive and Small Business programs, Hybrid Coaching groups are designed to support both leaders of smaller SME businesses as well as key executives reporting to CEOs to develop their skills, tackle obstacles, develop innovative strategies and actively move their businesses forward.

Join up to 16 successful executives from a diverse range of businesses and backgrounds and build your skills through challenging discussions, fresh perspectives on the key executive role, strategies to help your business grow, and expert guidance, learning and coaching from Vistage speakers.

We have specific groups for CEOs/MDs running larger SME business (typically £3-£50m); executives running smaller businesses (typically £1-3m); key executives who report to a CEO/MD; and for organisations that wish to bring Vistage inside their organisation for all their senior management team. Find out more about the different Vistage group offerings